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HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, Before Spanish Fort, April 2, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: By direction of the general-in-chief you will please have one of your reserve brigades ordered to be ready join at a moment's notice General Garrard's troops at C. Sibley's. Please acknowledge receipt.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. JOS. OSTERHAUS,

Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, April 2, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

Please send the brigade which was ordered to be held in reserve this morning up to General Garrard's line.

By order:

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTEENTH ARMY CORPS, April 2, 1865.

Major-General CANBY:

Received dispatch ordering one brigade of reserves to join General Garrard.

A. J. SMITH,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, April 2, 1865.

Major General A. J. SMITH:

Do not send the brigade in relation to which I telegraphed a few minutes ago until we hear further from General Steele.

By order:

C. T. CHRISTENSEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant- General.

HDQRS. ARMY AND DIVISION OF WEST MISSISSIPPI, April 2, 1865.,

Major General A. J. SMITH,

Commanding Sixteenth Army Corps:

SIR: General Steele reports that the enemy at Blakely was strongly re-enforced yesterday, and would probably attack him in the morning. General Veatch, now at Origen Sibley's, and General Garrard have both been instructed to support him in case of necessary. It will be essential to have the bridge across Bay Minette laid down at once co-operate promptly with General Steele. You will, therefore, please to go give